Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 33, Issue 4, pp 331–338 | Cite as

Life Skill Service Needs: Perspectives of Homeless Youth

  • Ann AvilesEmail author
  • Christine Helfrich


The present study describes the service needs related to life skill development from the perspective of sheltered homeless youth. Qualitative semistructured life narrative interviews addressing the use of services at an emergency shelter were administered to 30 youth. All youth were residig in an emergency shelter located in a large metropolitan area at the time of interview. Youth identified factors that influence their ability to access and utilize services, categorized as service availability, factors serving as access and/or barriers to services and lack of available services. Youth identify service delivery approaches and staff characteristics as impacting service delivery. Services such as counseling and childcare were identified as facilitating development and acquisition of life skills.

service needs service access life skills homeless youth adolescence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departments of Occupational Therapy and PsychiatryThe University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)USA
  2. 2.Department of Occupational TherapyThe University of IllinoisUSA

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